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Stephanie Grisham shared texts that appear to show how Melania Trump refused to condemn violence during the Capitol riot

Since leaving the White House, Stephanie Grisham has become a vocal critic of her former bosses, Donald and Melania Trump.

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  • Stephanie Grisham shared texts that suggest Melania Trump refused to condemn the January 6 violence.
  • In Grisham’s texts, a person named “MT” shot down a suggestion to disavow the violence on Twitter.
  • Grisham told the Washington Examiner that “MT” was Melania Trump.

Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham shared a text exchange on Tuesday that appeared to show Melania Trump shooting down her request to condemn the violence during the Capitol riot. 

Grisham tweeted after Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified before the January 6 committee.

In her tweet, Grisham included what appeared to be a screengrab of a text exchange with an individual named “MT.” 

“Do you want to tweet that peaceful protests are the right of every American, but there is no place for lawlessness & violence?” read the message. 

“No,” the person replied. 

—Stephanie Grisham (@OMGrisham) June 28, 2022


Grisham later told the Washington Examiner that “MT” was Melania Trump. 

“I resigned immediately after her response,” Grisham said. The former Trump press secretary did indeed resign on January 6, 2021, and was the first Trump official to step down after the Capitol riot. 

Grisham also spoke up for Hutchinson on Twitter and weighed in on what the January 6 panel alleged was an attempt by Trumpworld operatives to tamper with witness testimonies. 

“The potential witness tampering is no surprise. Trump world is vicious in their smears & well aware that MAGA extremists threaten violence to those who speak out,” Grisham tweeted. “Proud of Cassidy & all who have chosen to stand up for the truth despite the personal implications.”

After her stint in the Trump administration, Grisham became a vocal critic of her former bosses, Donald and Melania Trump, even saying that she needed to be “deprogrammed” after leaving the White House. In January, Grisham joined dozens of former Trump officials who were, at the time, formulating plans to thwart their former boss during the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, and in 2024. 

In June, she suggested that Trump aides who refuse to cooperate with the January 6 panel should be charged.

Grisham has also dished out behind-the-scenes exposés of what it was like to work for Trump, commenting on how Trump held secret meetings before the Capitol riot and how the former president “gleefully” watched the Capitol riot unfold on TV. She has also exposed what she described as Trump’s admiration for Putin’s ability to murder critics.

Representatives for Melania Trump at Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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